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Community Health

Examine public health issues. Create innovative solutions. Build stronger communities. Learn about health and rehabilitation services, and become an agent of change.

Core Curriculum

HT 501: Understanding Users of Health Technology, 4 credit hours (new)

The purpose of this course is to provide a broad overview of human characteristics related to health technology. Topics will include physical (e.g., anthropometry, biomechanics); sensory (e.g., vision, hearing), cognitive (e.g., learning capabilities, memory limitations); attitudinal (e.g., technology acceptance, behavior change), socioemotional (e.g., personality, motivation), and organizational (e.g., workplace policies, culture) characteristics. Students will learn to apply theories of human behavior related to health technology use such as behavior change, reasoned action, self- determination, person-environment fit to guide design and deployment of health technology.

HT 502: Human Factors Methods for Health Technology, 4 credit hours (new)

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the basic tenets of human factors methods to enable successful user-centered design of healthcare technologies. Students will learn about socio-technical systems and develop an understanding of interactions among humans and other elements of a system. Students will acquire skills to apply theory, principles, data, and methods to design that will optimize human well-being and overall system performance. Students will learn how to find information to guide design, through literature review, standards evaluation, and comparative assessments.

HT 503: Hardware Engineering for Health Technology, 4 credit hours (new)

In this course, students will explore the role of hardware in developing health technologies. Students will understand how various health technologies are developed and how they operate.

Topics may include: Sensors and Actuators in Healthcare; Common Prototyping platforms (Arduino, Intel Edison, BeagleBone Black; Raspberry Pi); Robot Operating System (ROS) Platforms; Cameras, LIDARs, Motion-Detection Systems (Microsoft Kinect, etc); Haptic Sensors; Dynamics of Wheeled Personal Transport Systems (Wheelchairs, etc.); Integrative Course-Project.

HT 504: Software Engineering for Health Technology, 4 credit hours (new)

In this course, students will be introduced to aspects of software engineering to become familiar with rapid prototyping software, programming languages, and app development tools.

Topics may include: Integrated Development Environments (IDEs) for Android/iPhone applications; Virtual Reality (VR) Environments; Basics of AWS-Lambda functions for voice-applications; Software for Analytics and Data-analytics overview; Software for Machine-Learning; MATLAB, SIMULINK and associated packages; User Interface Compilers (UIC); Integrative Course-Project.

Contact Information

  • MS in Health Technology
  • Department of Kinesiology and Community Health
  • 3014 Khan Annex
  • 1206 S. Fourth Street
  • Champaign, IL 61820
  • Phone: 217-300-1001
  • Email: healthtech@illinois.edu

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